Little did we know just how much we were going to benefit from this visit! But more about that later...
A number of us attended the always-loaded-with-inspiration Artistry in Fashion this year and have been working on patterns we got from Sandra Ericson of Center for Pattern Design. We showed our finished (and semi-finished) pieces, and, in true opinionated sewing form, both dissed and praised her unique style and pattern-making techniques (I'm definitely on the prone-to-praise end of the scale, but then the 3 patterns I bought from her were carefully curated by me, and involved as much trying on of finished pieces as I could manage!) I shared my experiences with the CB Bolero and the Spiral Blouse (coming soon to a blog near you....). The lovely Lisa was wearing her muslin of the Spiral Blouse, Vicki showed a highly wearable "muslin" of the Spiral Coat, Heather modeled several versions of the Pyramid Dress (which has the most amazingly unique pattern pieces I've ever seen....you really need to SEE it to understand it....no wait, even seeing it won't help you understand it.....). There were a few wadders involved - I admit that FITTING Ericson's unusual designs is not the easiest sewing task to master; luckily the bias drape of many of her garments solves a myriad of potential fitting issues.
Here are shots of a couple of the CPD pieces:
Vicki's gorgeous closure on the Spiral Coat:
Lisa having fun with bright shiny objects -
I think her Spiral Blouse muslin is awesome!
Wendy, Rose, and Vicki had all attended the Education of the Textile Arts Sew Expo the week before (if I can learn to say & remember that mouthful, it sounds like an event worth attending next year!) Wendy showed samples of some techniques she learned from Jan Bones at one of the many workshops given during the Expo. Wendy, btw, is very knowledgabe with her sewing techniques already, but she felt that she really got a lot out of the workshops she attended. It sounds like a great venue!
Lori brought her beautiful dress - shown here on her blog - and the yummiest scarf that she wove herself - I have weaving envy! There were a few other show and tells, and oh, did I mention a tableful of deliciously delectable goodies that we munched on? Like....all day long? I should remember to take pictures of the food tables at some of these events. Sewists can Cook!
There were a few other show & tells...
the Fabric Feeding Frenzy Fun began....
In the interest of preserving the privacy of a certain Fabricaholic, I won't name any names. But in order to clear out some of her (apparently rather large) stash before returning to Germany, one of us brought Four. Large. Tubs. of fabulous fabric in the desparate hope that some of it would find new homes.
This is what happened:
Jennifer and Wendy begin with Polite Fabric Inspection:
Fabric Tugging Ensues
Mine. No, Mine. No no....MINE!:
The pile grows larger while people politely pet and eye
certain cuts, waiting to see if someone else wants it more....
The Unnamed Fabricaholic gazes at the stash,
wondering if she's really ready to let that piece go,
while Irene reaches for a goodie that has caught her eye.
Rose of Needles, Pins, Thorns inspects all sides of a beautiful bit of brightness,
while Georgene and Lisa fondle other goodies:
Rose's smile indicates that this one is definitely coming home with her!
Hands reach for that last bit of
with absolutely unprecedented results, the above tiny piles were ALL that was left of the stash-sharing-giveaway! This speaks to the quality of Lori's stash (oops, did I just give her name away??? My bad....) The bad news...sort of...is that we always send off our unclaimed fabric & notions to a school in the Philippines, and we usually have a LOT to give. This time...yeah...not so much.
I was really happy to help out the cause of clearing Lori's stash. And help I did. A lot. I thought I was doing so well with the large bag of fabric I brought to give away...but I went home with nearly twice as much:
Not only that, but check out those labeled cards with fabric content and amount! I feel so righteous when I actually manage to do that when I bring new fabric home....maybe this will help inspire me to be a little more conscious?
Thanks Lori, for your gracious generosity, and thanks to all my bodacious BABES buddies for a fantastic day! :)